Few teams can perform better in the transfer market than Manchester City. The club has built a good team over the past ten years by bringing in well-known players and having wealthy owners.
One must spend enormous sums of money on the selling clubs in order to sign top players from all over the world. The Premier League’s juggernauts have an advantage over their rivals in this area. But you have to give them credit for their long-term transfer plan, which involved picking players who were not only the best but also fit the club’s style of play.
In contrast to its neighbor, Manchester United, MCFC frequently sees success from its pricey purchases. Erling Braut Haaland, a premier striker, has already signed with the reigning Premier League champions ahead of the 2022–23 campaign. For the forward’s services, they forked over €60 million. Let’s look at where the Norwegian stands in relation to the record number of people who went to the Etihad.
Here are the top ten most expensive transfers made by Manchester City in their history:
- Benjamin Mendy-€57.5m
In 2017, Manchester City splashed €57.5m on Benjamin Mendy. The left-back arrived in England from French club AS Monaco as a 23-year-old. As it stands, the transfer is the most expensive in the world for a left-back. He has won four Premier League titles since then with the club.
- Erling Haaland – €60m
You expected this to be higher on the list, didn’t you? The latest entrant into this list is Erling Haaland. Manchester City paid €60m to Borussia Dortmund for a player who is one of the most lethal forwards in Europe at the moment. The 22-year-old scored 88 goals and made 22 assists in merely 85 appearances for the German club. Haaland follows in the footsteps of his father, Alfie Haaland, a former MCFC player.
- Rodri – €62.7m
The Spanish midfielder has been the backbone of Manchester City’s recent success and cost the club €62.7m in transfer fees. The Spaniard made the move to the English outfit from Atletico Madrid in 2019. Since then, Rodri has won two Premier League titles, two English League cups and one Community Shield.
- Raheem Sterling – €63.7m
Raheem Sterling was one of the many purchases made by Manchester City as they rose to become world-class and started winning multiple trophies. The English international was only 20 when the club paid €63.7m to Liverpool for him back in 2015. He has now joined Chelsea FC ahead of the 2022-23 season after winning four Premier League titles with the Cityzens across seven years.
- Aymeric Laporte – €65m
Manchester City have spent huge sums of money on reinforcing their defence over the years. One of the high-profile defenders that the club signed is Aymeric Laporte. The centre-back cost the club €65m and arrived in England from the Athletic Club in Spain. He has won four league titles with MCFC and has made 153 appearances across all competitions.
- Joao Cancelo – €65m
Joao Cancelo was a major signing was Joao Cancelo, and the full-back is showing why the club chose to pay a huge transfer fee for him. The Cityzens shelled out €65m for the defender, making him the second most expensive right-back in the world. Cancelo has performed admirably since joining the club from Juventus in 2019 and already has five trophies to his name. Recently, he was awarded the No. 7 jersey.
- Riyad Mahrez – €67.8m
Riyad Mahrez was a crucial figure in helping Leicester City win the Premier League title in 2016, all of this against herculean odds. The Algerian international cost MCFC a whopping €67.8m in 2018. However, the huge investment paid off incredibly well as Mahrez helped the club win three Premier League titles, three league cups, two Community Shields and one FA Cup. Mahrez is one of Pep Guardiola’s go-to options whenever the team needs a goal.
- Ruben Dias – €68m
Ruben Dias is the most expensive defender bought by Manchester City. The English giants paid €68m to SL Benfica for this exceptional centre-back. His arrival in 2020-21 was transformative for MCFC as the defender quickly became an integral part of the team. Dias is the fifth-most expensive centre-back of all time. He has won two Premier League titles in his first two seasons with the club already and looks set to wear the armband in the years to come.
- Kevin De Bruyne – €76m
Kevin De Bruyne is the second most expensive purchase in Manchester City. The former Chelsea player was at Wolfsburg when the English outfit paid €76m to bring him back to England in 2015. This signing was central to Pep Guardiola’s plans as he used Bruyne in a number of roles. The Belgian midfielder is thought to be one of the best in the world right now, and he has already won a few trophies at the Etihad.
- Jack Grealish – €117.5m
Jack Grealish is the most expensive purchase by Manchester City in its history. He also became the most expensive British player after the club paid £117.5m to Aston Villa for his signature in 2021. He is the seventh-most expensive transfer of all time. While Grealish did win the Premier League in his first season, he could only score six goals and make four assists in 39 overall appearances. City fans expect a lot more from the English midfielder.